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We carried around a tape measure for about three weeks and took measurements of every '68-'72 shortbed we found, providing the owner gave us permission. Afterwards, we decided 12 inches from the front would give us the 115-inch wheelbase of the shortbed truck. Out back, an additional 6 inches off the bed should bring us right into proportion with the short truck. After pulling the bed free of the framerails, we set it up on A-frames under the bed supports, then examined where to take the meat out of the bed sides, so it would make the least impact on the truck's body lines.